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Open committee hearing on gender-neutral marriage initiative

Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee is holding an open hearing on Thursday morning on a citizens' initiative for a bill on gender-neutral marriage.

Kahden miehen kädet yhdessä, molempien nimettömissä sormus.
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A citizens' initiative for a gender-neutral marriage law has been signed by some 166,000 Finns. Meanwhile, a counter-petition, opposing the legalization of same-sex marriage has gathered over 42,000 signatures.

The latest poll commissioned by Tahdon2013, a civic organizing advocating a gender-neutral law, carried out earlier this month found that 65% of the public support the change, while 27% oppose it.

A proposal on gender-neutral marriage sponsored by 76 MPs was before Parliament a year ago, but was sent to the Legal Affairs Committee for review where it was rejected in a 9-8 vote.

Yle will be streaming the hearing on the citizens' initiative live in its online Areena service approxiamtely 10-12 AM.

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